section of residents has vowed not to vacate Namiiro wetland along the shores
of Lake Victoria in Entebbe Municipality. The wetland covers 1,000
hectares stretching from Kiwafu, Kiwafu West and Lugogo-Nakiwogo villages in
Entebbe Municipality Division B.
In April President Museveni ordered individuals who have settled or working in
protected zones such as lakes, wetlands, forest reserves across the country should
President said that the country is already feeling the effects of encroachment
on its natural resources in form of lakes and rivers bursting banks and
Last week, the National Environment Management Authority-NEMA issued a 21- day
ultimatum to 5,000 people who have encroached on Namiiro wetland to vacate or
face forceful eviction starting next month.
The people started encroaching on the wetland in 2006. They have erected
semi-permanent structures which include houses, shops, schools and a Church.
Last week, Nicholas Magara, the coordinator of wetlands (central
region) at the Ministry of Water and Environment, told the media that all the
affected individuals have been served as an environmental restoration order.
However, the residents have vowed not to vacate the wetland. They
argue that they have lived in Lugonjo-Nakiwogo village for more ten years.
Businessman Bwambale Businge says that he bought his plot of land
from a resident who had lived on the same plot since 1962.
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Other residents agreed with Bwambale, saying they will not vacate since they nowhere to take their families.
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Stanley Kapeere Namiyirira, the Entebbe Municipality Division B chairperson
says the government needs to consider resettling the affected people.